CommunityUsing Decorative Molding to Feature Artwork: Add interest to bare walls as you showcase art and photos

Using Decorative Molding to Feature Artwork: Add interest to bare walls as you showcase art and photos

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We have a beautiful dining room but the walls are boring and our artwork and photos look pretty lonely. Is there any way to give the room some extra pizzazz without doing a paint treatment or wall covering?

The Money Pit Answer
Accenting artwork displays with decorative molding is an easy and effective solution. A wall is an amazing blank canvas on which your inner designer can create a showcase for the decorative items you already have in your home, and while wallpaper and painting treatments are great options, you can use molding to create an equally interesting effect. One idea is to showcase your art and photos on your walls by creating a sectioned area of molding detail within which to hang these treasures.  To start, deciding which of your artwork or photographs would look nice showcased together. Once you have gathered these items, lay them out on the floor to determine an arrangement that'll look good on the wall. Using the floor as your temporary canvas, arrange low-profile moldings to frame these groups together. For example, a series of rectangles that are two feet wide by four feet tall, starting at about two-and-a-half feet up from the floor, can make a great focal feature in your room and allows for plenty of space to highlight your décor. Once you have nailed down your design, paint the molding detail the same color as the trim in your room for a traditional look or be adventurous and choose a color that complements your wall color or brings out the color of your eyes. This molding magic will make a perfect accent for your artwork display.